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Gluten Free Apple Pie Bars (Dairy Free & Vegan)

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Gluten Free Apple Pie Bars (Dairy Free & Vegan)

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The inspiration behind these gluten free apple pie bars comes from a typical South Tyrol dessert I love very much: Strudel! South Tyrol is a region in north-east side of Italy, where we often go at the beginning of the fall, when they harvest apples, a fruit they are well know. Strudel is treat that glorifies the deliciousness of their freshly picked apples, with are mixed with delicious sweet spices, raisins and nuts, rolled up in a thin pastry and then baked to perfection!

PS: To learn more about this beautiful part of Italy, check out this post I wrote from there during a fun Christmas getaway in that area.

Gluten Free Apple Pie Bars (Dairy Free & Vegan)

Like it happens very often when I start creating a recipe, after I was done with the Strudel filling, I changed my mind and decided to match that with the structure of a  gluten free crumble bar instead.. I know, I can never stick to my original plans when I bake, but I love letting my creativity take over and usually good things happen when I do that! 🙂

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Gluten Free Apple Pie Bars (Dairy Free & Vegan)
Gluten Free Apple Pie Bars (Dairy Free & Vegan)
Gluten Free Apple Pie Bars (Dairy Free & Vegan)

All you need to know about these Gluten Free Apple Pie Bars:

Make sure to store these apple pie bars in the fridge (after you already cut them in squares) and heat them up a little bit before serving so that the flavor of the apple pie filling becomes more intense!

Nope. I would’t recommend freezing these desserts as thawing would ruin the consistency of the apples and make them too watery.

Yes! While I haven’t tried a paleo version of this specific recipe, I am pretty sure that by switching oats for cassava flour and rice flour for tigernut flour, you can make a delicious grain free, paleo version of this dessert.

If you are following the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) and still want to give this recipe a try, grab the pastry recipe of my Autoimmune Lemon Bars and replace the lemon custard filling with the apple pie filling I list in this recipe.

Just make sure to remove all of the non AIP ingredients, such as walnuts, nutmeg and anise (two spices which you can replace with mace and a pinch more cinnamon).

Gluten Free Apple Pie Bars (Dairy Free & Vegan)

Other Healthy Treats With Apples:

If, like me, you love the apple season, make some more of my healthy, apple desserts!

Gluten Free Apple Pie Bars (Dairy Free & Vegan)
Gluten Free Apple Pie Bars (Dairy Free & Vegan)
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Gluten Free Apple Pie Bars (Dairy Free & Vegan)

These healthy, gluten free Apple Pie Bars combine the delicious texture of a crumble bar with the delectable, spiced flavor of an apple pie! They are dairy free and fully vegan too!
Servings: 6
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins

Equipment

  • Food Processor
  • Casserole (8.6" x 6.2" cm)

Ingredients

For the Apple Pie Filling:

  • 2 Apples
  • ¼ cup Raisins
  • cup Walnut Pieces
  • tsp Nutmeg Powder
  • tsp Anise Powder
  • ¼ tsp Ginger Powder
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • ½ Lemon, juiced
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 tbsp Water
  • 1 tbsp Arrowroot (or Corn Starch)

For the Pastry Dough:

Instructions

  • Peel and chop the apples in small pieces, place them in a medium size saucepan, together with all the other ingredients, and make sure to add the arrowroot and water for last. Mix well and cook on low, with a lid on, for about 10 minutes while you prepare the pastry dough. Stir every couple of minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F and cover a casserole with parchment paper.
  • Combine all ingredients for the pastry dough in a food processor, and blend on high for a about a minute.
  • Transfer half the dough in the casserole lined
    with parchment paper and press it down with the bottom of a spoon to create an even
    crust.
  • Layer the crust with the apple streusel filling
    and finish it off sprinkling the remaining dough on top.
  • Bake for 20 minutes and let cool down completely before
    serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 466kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 44IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: apple pie, crumble bars, gluten free
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I am excited for you to try these gluten free Apple Pie Bars… and even more to see photos of your recreations!! Make sure to grab a photo and tag me when you share it on Instagram! Share this recipe with your friends on Facebook, save it on your favorite Pinterest board and subscribe to my weekly newsletter so that you never miss a post!!

Lots of love from Italy and I will catch you at the next recipe!

Ambra

Gluten Free Apple Pie Bars (Dairy Free & Vegan)
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Ciao! I'm Ambra Torelli, founder of Little Bites of Beauty, a website that helps people on free-from diets live an awesome life and travel without limitations! Born and raised in Italy, I visited over 20 countries and now I divide my time in between Italy and the US, where my husband is from. My recipes are an expression of my passion for Italian food combined with all the wonderful culinary influences from the places I traveled to. I hope you love them! more about ambra

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